John Rogers

John A. S. “Jack” Rogers, 89

 

YARMOUTH  - Jack Rogers died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, August 6, 2017 after a period of declining health. He was born on September 18, 1927 to Roland and Emelyn Nickerson Rogers, and as a child, lived largely in Washington D.C.,  with summers spent with extended family in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

 

He graduated from Harvard University in 1949, and began a varied career that always had education, writing and helping troubled teenagers at its core. He was a movie scriptwriter, a PR director at Bolt Beranek and Newman, a TV producer at public television  in Boston, and for many years, a high school English teacher and head of an English Department. When he moved to Maine in 1987, he thoroughly enjoyed his years as a teacher and counselor with teenagers at the Maine Youth Center, and also served as Inmate Advocate at the Maine Correctional Center. He had a passion and a gift for working with “people in dire straits” – his words – “runaways, convicts, Viet Nam vets in prison, addicts.” After retirement, he volunteered extensively as a mentor/tutor at LearningWorks in Portland, where he was known fondly as “Doc Rogers.” That name also became his moniker with his jazz musician friends.

 

He married Marjorie Stone in September 1974, a loving partnership of 43 years.  His three children – Lucia, Jo, and Becca – greatly enriched his life and became cherished friends. He and Marjorie were also foster parents to 14 teenagers over the years.

 

Jack was an avid lifelong sailor, and a jazz violinist and bass player. His book of short stories, The Elephant on the Tracks and Other Stories, was selected as the winner of the Fiction Chapbook Competition of the Maine Arts Commission in 1992. He was a serious  reader, had a great love of jazz, and a wonderful dry sense of humor. He lived a rich and full life, always with dog treats in his pockets just in case, and he will be sorely missed.

 

Jack is survived by his wife, Marjorie Stone, of Yarmouth; daughter Lucia Hicks and her husband Grant, of Acton, MA; son Joseph Rogers, of Westbrook, ME; daughter Rebecca Rogers, of Martha's Vineyard, MA; grandchildren Genevra and Owen Hicks, and Kasia Harris; and one great grandson, Orin.

 

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, at Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, Maine.

 

In lieu of flowers,

please consider a donation in Jack's name to Winslow Park 30 Main Street Freeport, Me 04032Att: Neil Lyman or

LearningWorks 181 Brackett Street Portland, Maine 04103 Att: Development Office

or

 a charity of your choice that supports “people in dire straits”

Muriel (Spring) Lovejoy

Portland, ME - Muriel Spring Lovejoy passed away on July 23, 2017 at her Portland home, in the loving care of her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters. 

She was born July 30, 1929, in Keene, New Hampshire, the daughter of Gladys Ethel Carey Spring and Silas Mortimer Spring. She was the thirteenth of fourteen children.  Newspaper clippings from her hometown newspaper reported her early success as a champion swimmer.  

She married Willis H. Lovejoy on May 22, 1948 in Keene.  After several years living in Central Maine, they settled in the Portland area where they raised their family and Muriel pursued a career in banking with Portland Savings Bank and Biddeford Savings Bank.  In 1970, she was elected president of the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Banking.  At the age of 50, she entered college, earning her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Maine in 1982.  With her degree in hand, she went to work for R.J. Grondin & Sons as an accountant.  After retiring, she worked seasonally for LL Bean.  One Christmas season, she dutifully took credit card information to complete the order of a southern gentleman and discovered she was speaking to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter!  

She was a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Congress Street and was an active volunteer at the Preble Street Chapel. Like many Mainers, she was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and took great pleasure in watching the Sox win two World Championships.  

Nothing made her happier than to be surrounded by her family.  She is survived by a daughter Rebecca Lovejoy Kees and her husband Gerald, of Lakeland, Florida; grandchildren Jennifer Dyer Goodwin and her husband Jeffery, Christopher Dyer, Amy Gallant Foelsche and her husband Karl, and Holly Gallant Wilson and her husband Charles; great-grandchildren Erik Goodwin, Morgan Goodwin, Sarah Wilson, Hannah Wilson, Dia Foelsche, and Jack Foelsche; and a sister Betty Spring Caron.  She was predeceased by her husband Willis and a daughter Barbara Lovejoy Dyer.  

A private service will be held later this summer. Friends and family may honor the memory of Muriel S. Lovejoy by sending a gift to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK  73123 or by going online to www.cancer.org.

Charles W. Gatchell Jr.

Marathon, FL -   Charles W. Gatchell Jr., 70, of Marathon, FL and formerly of Hallowell, ME, died on November 11, 2016. 

 

He was born in Augusta, ME on September 2, 1946 a son of the late Charles W. & Margaret (Blake) Gatchell Sr.  Charles grew up in Hallowell, attending local area schools including Hallowell High School and North Yarmouth Academy.

 

In July 1966 he enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.

 

Charlie loved the water and being out on it.  He especially enjoys Hydroplanes, which he had growing up at camp on Cobbosseeconte Lake.  His love of boating turned into an American Power Boat Association Championship in February of 1993 after he went out to San Diego, CA to compete in the first Winter Nationals event.

 

In 1996, Charles moved to Florida, where he owned and operated Ocean Escapes Yachts in Marathon. 

 

Charlie is survived by his Son Sean Gatchell of East Lyne, CT and his two grandchildren Bryce and Brandi as well as his sister Karen Gatchell of Wells, ME.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Hallowell Cemetery, Water Street, Hallowell, ME.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:

Forgotten Felines

P. O. Box 504426

Marathon, FL 33050

Carolyn L. (Grace) Arsenault

North Yarmouth, ME -- Carolyn L. (Grace) Arsenault, 81 of North Yarmouth passed from this earth July 16, 2017 in the comfort and peace of her beloved home on a beautiful summer morning.  

She was born July 5, 1936 in Portland, Maine to Pearle and Dorothy (Mogan) Seavey. She grew up in and was educated in New Gloucester schools; graduating in 1954. She worked at the former Pineland Hospital and Training Center following high school. Through a co-worker who later became her sister in law, Carolyn met her future husband John N. Arsenault, Jr.  They married on September 17, 1960. After residing in Freeport for a brief period, they settled in North Yarmouth in 1961 to raise their family. 

Carolyn was a stay at home mom; and an extraordinary one at that. She enjoyed cooking and baking, along with canning, freezing and pickling the annual garden harvest. She and John were most proud of their very own dill pickles, a jar of which made its way to the White House in the late 70s. She was an expert at packing, specifically a VW beetle for a two week family tenting excursion. She enjoyed playing bingo, yard sales, crocheting afghans and hats, jigsaw puzzles, coloring books, games shows, shopping (for bargains), collecting teapots and taking care of her various house plants and outdoor flowers. She loved music, and enjoyed classic country music, although Christmas carols were her favorite.  

She was a member of the Yarmouth Senior Dining Center group, the Wednesday Toddy Brook Ladies Lunch Club and TOPS of Gray. 

She was the backbone of our family; the center of our universe. She loved everyone, and was loved by all. She had a way of making you feel special that was absolutely heartwarming.  You were always welcomed into her home for a cup of tea, a couple of cookies, some chit-chat, or all of the above. She remembered your birthday, she remembered you at Christmas, she sent you a card when you lost a loved one, when you were ill, or if she was simply thinking of you. To say that her departure from this Earth has left an enormous emptiness in our souls would be an understatement. What sustains and keeps us is knowing that she will forever live in our hearts and that time will never be able to erase the many years of beautiful memories. 

She was predeceased by her husband who passed away on March 23, 2015, and her two brothers, Charles Seavey and Richard Mogan. 

She is survived by sons Joseph Arsenault of North Yarmouth and Kevin Arsenault and his partner Anne Edwards of Mechanic Falls; daughter Crystal Hall of Pownal; three granddaughters Allison Hall of Pownal, Lindsey Arsenault of Leesburg, FL and Michelle Nelson and her husband Dorsey of Davenport, FL; several nieces and nephews and her beloved cat, Tiger. 

The family wishes to thank the staff of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, New England Cancer Specialists and VNA Home Health and Hospice for all of the kind, loving and compassionate care provided for Mom. To her dear friends who selflessly gave of their time to provide rides to and from appointments we are most grateful. 

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 4-7 pm in the fellowship hall of the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth.

Carolyn A. Gray

South Portland, ME - Carolyn A. Gray of South Portland, passed away peacefully at Maine Medical Center on Sunday, July 2, 2017. 

Carolyn was born on September 3, 1945 in Damariscotta, ME, a child of the late Roland Sumner and Christina Gray.  Carolyn graduated San Francisco State University in 1974 majoring in English and Literature. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at Norwich University in 1995.

 

Lyn started her career in counseling at Midcoast Rehab Center in Owls Head, ME from 1974-1979. She then worked as an alcohol and drug counselor at Lincoln Academy from 1985-1992. Carolyn joined Food Addiction Chemical Dependency Consultants in 1992 where she remained an integral part of its treatment team until her death.

 

Carolyn was a proud member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.  She was an honest and caring therapist, who was loved by her clients as well as her coworkers and enriched the lives of all that knew her.

 

Carolyn is survived by her daughter Corinna Costello and her grandson Jackson Costello Wilmot. She also leaves her F.A.C.D.C. family as well as her Dr. Bob and Bill W. families.  Also, all her good friends and clients will miss her terribly.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church, 5 Washington Ave. Old Orchard Beach, ME.

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